As a native of Niagara Falls, NY it never ceases to amaze me how many people overlook the Falls as a destination, or as a place to suggest to friends or relatives when taking day trips or vacations.

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Which side of Niagara Falls is better? Many travelers say Canada is the best side of Niagara Falls, but those who live and work in Niagara Falls, New York, or have traveled there may tell you otherwise.

Canada boasts a better view, but on the U.S. side you can get up close to both the American Falls, and the Bridal Veil Falls, via Goat Island.

Both sides have the Maid of the Mist, and differing versions of the Cave Of The Winds, Canada's is called Journey Behind The Falls (which I must admit because it actually takes you behind the Falls, is unbeatable).

Canada is flashing, more bright lights, Clifton Hill, Towers and restaurants, but after a little digging the U.S. side has some treasures of its own, including Niagara Falls State Park and Old Falls Street.

Canada has some relatively new attractions including WildPlay’s Mistrider Zipline to the Falls, which offers visitors (ages 7 and up) the chance to glide straight toward Horseshoe Falls and take in unbelievable views of both sides of Niagara Falls.

Another attraction big with the young ones is the Niagara SkyWheel on Clifton Hill, Niagara Sky Wheel provides another means to view Niagara Falls. It’s the largest observation wheel in Canada, towering 175 feet.

Both sides have a variety of restaurants at varying price-points depending upon the season.

(Family Vacation Critic)